TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019 PHYSICIANS: We have an urgent and important warning for all physicians about a SCAM being waged against San Diego County physicians. Scam artists are calling doctors at their offices claiming to be from the DEA and will ask for confirmation of the physician's MD#, DEA# and NPI# which they already possess. They then inform their targets that this information may have been stolen because it's been linked to illegal narcotics shipments. The target is told there is a warrant for their arrest but that they need to put up money to post a government bond. The DEA is aware of this scam. They have issued the following statement: This has been an ongoing SCAM. DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration. If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through ” Extortion Scam Online Reporting ” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … California Legislators Fast-Track Bill to Ensure Patients Get Pain Medications • CLICK HERE CAHAN Alert - Infections Associated with Unapproved Stem Cell Injections • CLICK HERE More Young Californians Dying of Flu Than in Years Past • CLICK HERE Health Center Trains, Recruits Doctors to Serve Poor Amid Growing Shortage • CLICK HERE Sacrificing Pain Patients to Prevent Opioid Abuse • CLICK HERE Sins of the Past (the California Death Certificate Project) • CLICK HERE Flu Kills Two Young and Healthy, But Unvaccinated San Diego County Residents • CLICK HERE National Cancer Rates Saw Huge Drop in Last Quarter Century, But Less So for People Who are Poor or of Color • CLICK HERE Can a Nice Doctor Make Treatments More Effective? • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … FEB 7, 2019: SDCMS Physician Networking Opportunity and Social Mixer, 6-9 pm, National Geographic Fine Arts Gallery La Jolla, CA • CLICK HERE FEB 13, 2019: 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule Presentation and Webinar. 6-8pm, UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center Auditorium, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego. Presented by Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH; Chief Medical Officer, Regions VIII, IX, X, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services • CLICK HERE FEB 15-18, 2019: The 32nd Annual Practicing Physician's Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient. Carlsbad, CA • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health" Medicare-For-All? More? Some? • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!